West Town in Atlanta is an emerging area with a lot happening that became my new favorite area to visit. There are old industrial buildings being converted into shops, restaurants and art venues. The action is on Howell Mill, both south and north of 10th Street.
At the attractive Westside Urban Market, there are a number of restaurants and several home design stores at 1198 Howell Mill. Star Provisions, a wonderful store featuring the highest quality food products including fresh cut meats, fish, foie gras, cheese (over 200 variations), freshly baked breads, sweets plus wines and beer, has recently moved to 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. along with Bacchanalia restaurant.
Across the footbridge is White Provision, another attractive development in an old factory that has furniture stores, a wine store, a salon, galleries and restaurants. It was developed by the same team that did Chelsea Market in NYC. The Westside Urban Market and White Provision have partnered under the name Westside Provisions District.
South of 10th street is The King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street. Located in a redeveloped farm implement company factory, this building houses some galleries, artist’s studios, a dance school and the Actor’s Express Theater. A former restaurant had closed when I was there.
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center: Located at 535 Means St., this museum came highly recommended by a friend who is actively involved. It is well worth a visit. I enjoyed a temporary exhibition of contemporary paintings.
FLIP Burger Boutique: At 1587 Howell Mill, north of 17th Street, this is a casual burger spot with its chef being Top Chef participant and Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais. It has a fun, sleek décor with a burger bar where you can sit and watch the chefs. I loved my beet salad and my lamb burger with arugula and goat cheese was amazing. Everything was fresh and well-prepared. The milk-shakes looked great also. The foie gras milk shake sounded interesting! There is a another location in Buckhead and he opened a new restaurant called The Spence in late May 2012.